Kenya Wildlife Service in conjunction with United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched Corruption Prevention Policy and Code of Conduct on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at KWS headquarters, Nairobi.
The two documents are aimed at modernizing and governing the working norms and techniques of KWS. UNODC working closely with Kenya Wildlife service developed the two crucial documents.
Documents unveiled at KWS Safari Walk were established taking into consideration new Government of Kenya policies and legislation in order to orient the Kenya Wildlife Service with Kenya’s legal framework.
Speaking at the launch, UNODC Director, Division for Operations, Miwa Kato lauded the efforts of the steering committee led by the chairman Arthur Osore. “I am glad today that we are launching documents which are going to provide a long lasting remedy for our integrity in our working environment, said Kato.
The Code of Conduct was generated in line with the 2010 constitution and will ensure the commitment of all KWS staff to its core values: passion, professionalism, innovation and quality; it will also create an environment that enhances ethics, honesty, integrity, compliance and respect for all employees and stakeholders.
KWS Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. John Waithaka challenged KWS staff to be ambassadors of integrity and act as perfect examples to be emulated by other state organs. “Under my leadership, I would like you to see KWS as corruption free organization”, Dr. Waithaka said.
Established in 1997, UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Program and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through its network of field offices.
Addressing emerging trends and dynamics of corruption in Kenya, KWS Director General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru vowed to implement the two documents and walk through the path of integrity and ensure its success.
“Our chairman Board of Trustees Dr. Waithaka and our partners from UNODC, I want to assure you that I will ensure the successful implementations of these two documents and that they become our guide in the fight against corruption”, said the Director General.
In attendance were; UNODC Regional Representative Amado Philip de Andres, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs John Brandolino together with KWS Senior Management staff.